THIS WEEK: Nov. 3 to Nov. 9
Leadership On Tap, a social mixer hosted by Leadership Wilkes-Barre and presenting sponsor Sundance Vacations with food and tastings from a variety of local restaurants and entertainment by Kermit Alphonso, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3, F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Info, kirbycenter.org.
Osterhout “Star Wars Reads” Day, with games, crafts, Jedi training and a chance to meet Star Wars characters. 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4, Osterhout Free Library, 71 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Admission free. Space is limited, so please call to register. 570-823-0156 ext. 217.
Community Contra Dance, with music by the Contra Rebels, along with calling by Bob Nicholson, 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market Street, Kingston. No partner or previous experience is necessary. Admission to the dance is by donation. Come early at 6 p.m. for a pot-luck dinner. More info, call 570-333-4007 or see folkloresociety.org/dancing
Narratives and Images of the People of Bangladesh, Dr. Rahman Bhuiyan will talk about Bangladesh, a land where 160 million people, a population half the size of the United States, live in a land mass the size of Wisconsin. 11 a.m. Nov. 4. Free but tickets needed. They are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door.
Murder Mystery Comedy Show Fundraiser: Best Laid Plans, join the Pittston Memorial Library for its second annual Murder Mystery. Cooper’s Waterfront, 304 Kennedy Blvd., Pittston. 6 p.m. Nov. 4. $60 includes three-course meal and the show. 570-654-9565
72nd Anniversary Dinner Dance, hosted by the Dupont V.F.W. Post 4909, 401 Main St., Dupont. Nov. 4. Dinner buffet from 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Bar open from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with music by Millennium. Donation is $30 per person. For tickets or reservations, see Bob Lopata at the V.F.W. or call 570-654-9104. Last day for tickets is Nov. 3.
Winter Bingo, sponsored by Our Lady of Czestochowa Society of the Exaltation of Holy Cross Church, 420 Main Road, Hanover Township. Doors open at noon Nov. 5, games begin at 1. Door Prizes, toys, turkeys, ham, gift certificates and Christmas gifts will be awarded. Cost $3. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Any questions please call the rectory at 570-823-6242
Toy Bingo, at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Games begin at 2 p.m. Twenty bingo games for $20. Toy prizes include mountain bikes, Amazon Kindle Fire, MP3 player and more. Food and refreshments on sale. Cash bar. 570-283-2195.
Our Lady of Hope Parish Fall Festival, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 5, Marymount Parish Center on South Hancock Street in Wilkes-Barre, with games for children, a bake sale, Instant Bingo and a turkey dinner. For more info call 570-824-7832.
Warm Coats For Kids, is a Back Mt. Police Association project, which collects about 500 children’s coats each year as well as hats, gloves and other winter clothing to be distributed to kids in need. The kickoff collection will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 5 at Thomas’ Market parking lot in the Shavertown shopping center. The program has 12 drop off points in Back Mountain and across the West Side. For more information, contact Ross Piazza, chairman, at 570-760-3942.
Refuse to Be a Victim, is a personal safety seminar that focuses on mental self-defense. The event is hosted by the Hughestown Neighborhood Crime Watch and will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Hughestown Borough Building, 42 Center St., Hughestown. The program will teach skills useful in reducing risk of becoming the victim of a violent crime. Free and open to the public. New members welcome. For information, call 570-655-2728.
The First Amendment and the College Campus. Judge Joseph Cosgrove, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, will discuss “The First Amendment and the College Campus” as part of the King’s College “Fifty Minutes in Focus” series, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Nov. 7, Burke Auditorium, William G. McGowan School of Business, corner of River and Union streets, Wilkes-Barre. Free and open to the public Info: 570-208-5958.
Socrates Café returns to the Osterhout Free Library, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. The popular philosophy discussion forum brings together people from all walks of life and experiences to raise questions, listen to, and discuss a topic chosen by the group that evening. All sessions are committed to open, respectful and philosophical discussion and debate. Everyone is welcome. No prior learning is required. The cafe will continue on second Thursday of each month at the library, 71 South Franklin Street in Wilkes-Barre. 570-821-1959.
David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience, a free concert to honor veterans will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton. Free and open to the public. Donations graciously accepted.
Christmas Bazaar, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and Nov. 11 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in the parish center at St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Hill Street, Mayfield. Crafters and vendors will offer imported gifts from Russia, Greece and the Holy Land including Matroshka nesting dolls, samovars, amber jewelry, ornaments and olive wood manger sets. American and ethnic foods will be available for sale. Info, 570-876-0730.
Donegal Ball, sponsored by the Donegal Society of Greater Wilkes-Barre, Nov. 10 at the Woodlands, featuring the music of the Willie Lynch Band. Tickets are $50 per person and must be ordered in advance by calling Mary Ellen Dooley at 570-735-1711. The Donegal Society is a social club dedicated to celebrating and preserving Irish history.
Dinner to benefit local veterans, hosted by The American Legion Riders Post 495, Shickshinny, 575 state Route 239, Shickshinny. 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Dinner includes roast pork, gravy, scalloped potatoes, green beans, applesauce, rolls and dessert. Raffles throughout the evening. 570-855-8964.
Big Prize Bingo, sponsored by Corpus Christi Parish at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Immaculate Conception Church Hall, 605 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include 15 free games. Prizes include electronic gadgets, jewelry, designer hand bags and more. Proceeds will be used by the parish Social Concerns Committee. Doors open at noon and door prizes will be awarded. For tickets, call the rectory at 570.654.2753.
Zen Meditation, including an explanation, a brief practice session and time for questions, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 on the campus of Misericordia University in Dallas. To register, call Polly James at 570-991-7111 or Andrea Payne at 570-639-5894. Free will offering will be accepted.
Toyland Bingo, sponsored by The Council of Catholic Women of St. Benedict’s Parish, 155 Austin Ave., Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, doors open at noon Nov. 12 and games begin at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. There will be 15 games, three specials, door prizes, and a 50/50. Homemade food will be available for purchase. For tickets contact Barbara at 570-823-1491 or Mary Ann at 570-825-7606.
Toy Bingo, doors open at noon Nov. 18 and games begin at 1 p.m., Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, 329 Orange Road, Dallas, with a basket raffle, 50/50 and instant bingo, lots of goodies. Tickets $20. Info, 570-299-0293.
Annual Fall Bingo, sponsored by The Newport Township women’s activity group, 1 p.m. Nov. 19 at Holy Spirit Parish, 31 South Market St., Glen Lyon. Doors open at noon. $2 admission. Raffle table, bake sale and homemade food also available. Info, 570-574-3911.
Brunch with Santa, sponsored by The Misericordia University Alumni Association, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults; $8 for children from 5-12 years of age, and free to children under 5. Reservations are required and can be made at cougarconnect.misericordia.edu/santa or at 570-674-6764. A professional photographer also will be available to capture the special moment.